A mother of four who said she tried more than 10 extreme diets across a span of 10 years has lost 84 pounds — after both surgery and starting a regular hula hoop routine.
Laura Johnson, 42, said she tried every “fad diet going” during her decade-long battle to shed excess baby weight, as SWNS, the British news service, reported.
During that time she said she tried Slimming World, SlimFast, Weight Watchers, juicing and calorie counting — with no success.
She had the procedure in the summer of 2022.
In over a year she lost 70 pounds, not just from the surgery but with the help of a weighted hula hoop, which she said she uses for 15 minutes every day.
“It got to the point where I didn’t want to leave the house. I felt so big and I knew that wasn’t me.”
She added, “It got to the point where I didn’t want to leave the house. I felt so big and I knew that wasn’t me,” as SWNS reported.
She said the surgery she went through was “tough” but overall said it’s “been amazing” for her.
She said the same thing occurred when she had her second child in 2003 and her third in 2009.
Then, she said, “I had my fourth baby at age 32 in 2013 — and something was different. I couldn’t shift the extra weight no matter what I did.”
Despite making sure her children were eating healthy, home-cooked meals, she said she herself often relied on processed snacks and ready-made meals.
What turned her around, she told SWNS, was an invitation to a girls’ weekend away with her friends — which she declined, saying all she wanted to do was “stay at home and hide.”
She said taking up exercising — which includes her daily round of hula hoop work plus long walks and running — has made all the difference.
“I feel lighter in my head and feel free,” she said.
“I no longer overeat and I trust myself to make healthy choices … I still treat myself every so often, but I just don’t binge.”